Haywire (2012)

Rating:

I would consider Gina Carano’s first starring role as very successful.  The plot was nothing but predictable with a tagline like “They left her no choice,” but it was still exciting to watch a female lead break some necks and jump kick some fellow secret agents.

The plot is like all those movies where an organization tries to kill off their best agent.  It’s always baffling that the organization’s don’t realize that these people are “the best” in the company for a reason.  Obviously, it is because these killers are masters of their craft.

But aside from the plot, I felt the story was both told and shown in a unique way.  The movie felt like an independent film.  I shouldn’t be that surprised since it is Soderbergh directed, and I quite liked the way he filmed Traffic.  The soundtrack felt uniquely old school too, like I was straight out of some mid-century film.  The music also always stopped for the exciting hand-to-hand combat scenes of the film.  Clearly, they didn’t want anything to distract your full attention from Carano’s mixed martial arts skills on display.

It’s just a pity that they ended it in such a kitschy way, while setting up for a possible sequel. Truth be told, even though I liked the movie, I would NOT like to see a sequel.  I would like to see her added to the cast of Expendables 2 though, even if she is only an action star just coming into her prime.

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